If you wish to use your computer to record your speaking responses, you will need a computer microphone. The instructions that follow explain how to set up a computer microphone.
Your computer should have a connection to plug in a microphone (either a traditional microphone jack or a USB port). Some computers (especially laptop computers) have built-in microphones. A computer microphone can be purchased at many stores. We recommend that you use a combination headset (with microphone and speakers) to listen and record.
Windows Computers: Setting Up Your Microphone
We recommend that you check the microphone settings on your computer.
1. Click on the Start button, and then click All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Volume Control to display the Volume Control box.
2. Otherwise, use your right mouse button to click on the Volume icon on your taskbar. Then, select "Open Volume Control."
3. In the Volume Control box, set the Volume Control Balance at least to a middle level. Also, make sure that "Mute all" is not selected.
4. In the same Volume Control box, view the Microphone Balance.
5. If Microphone balance is not displayed, click on Options > Properties. In the Show the Following Volume Controls field, select "Microphone" and click OK.
6. Set the Microphone balance at a middle level and make sure the Mute box is not selected.
Screen 1: Volume Control Box
We recommend that you check the recording settings on your computer.
7. From the same Volume Control box, click on Options > Properties and select "Recording" . Make sure "Microphone" is checked and click OK.
Screen 2: Volume Control Properties
8. The Recording Control screen appears when you click OK in the screen above. Make sure the recording volume is set at a middle level and "Select" is checked .
Screen 3: Recording Control Screen
Macintosh OS X Computers: Setting Up Your Microphone
1. Select the Apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
2. Select System Preferences.
3. In the "Hardware" section, select Sound .
Screen 1: OS X System Preferences
4. Select the "Input" tab .
5. In the "Choose a device for sound input" field, select External microphone/Line In .
6. Set the "Input volume" to at least a middle level.
7. Speak into the microphone to confirm that the "Input level" rises and falls according to the volume of your voice.
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